Sleight of Hand (The Immortal Champions Saga #1) [NOOK Book]

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Ashton Salveya, a seemingly ordinary young man, discovers his true identity through dreams of a hauntingly familiar dark realm. Ashton must cope with the sinister task he is destined to undertake, one that is key in determining the outcome of a war amongst the immortals. When Ashton learns that the “Showman” - a magician whose final act ended in tragedy - is conspiring to kill him, he must face the performer and stop the dark immortals before ...
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Sleight of Hand (The Immortal Champions Saga #1)

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Overview

Ashton Salveya, a seemingly ordinary young man, discovers his true identity through dreams of a hauntingly familiar dark realm. Ashton must cope with the sinister task he is destined to undertake, one that is key in determining the outcome of a war amongst the immortals. When Ashton learns that the “Showman” - a magician whose final act ended in tragedy - is conspiring to kill him, he must face the performer and stop the dark immortals before they pull off their disastrous scheme.

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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Review
"A really great addition to the ever-growing paranormal book population - with a new and exciting twist. Sure, there’s the always expected romance, but the strength in this story lies in the epic conflict between good and evil. This superbly written, fast-paced novel is complete with truly kick-ass fight scenes, swords and just a touch of sinister magic. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Immortal Champions Saga." -HemingwayHeroine.blogspot.com
HemingwayHeroine.blogspot.com - Editorial Review
"A really great addition to the ever-growing paranormal book population - with a new and exciting twist. Sure, there’s the always expected romance, but the strength in this story lies in the epic conflict between good and evil. This superbly written, fast-paced novel is complete with truly kick-ass fight scenes, swords and just a touch of sinister magic. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Immortal Champions Saga."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011827679
  • Publisher: Salfali & Hopkins
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Series: The Immortal Champions Saga , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 214,844
  • File size: 501 KB

Meet the Author

Jason Salfali & Jennifer Hopkins live in New York. Sleight of Hand (The Immortal Champions Saga #1) is their first book.
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  • Posted October 11, 2010

    Finally somethign new.

    Okay I just finished this book today on the train. And let me tell you It rocked. The characters were cool, Ashton and Julian especially, the plot was very origional and it moved at such a fast past it felt like I was reading a movie. This book felt like it was written by Josh Whedon. It had the perfect blend of entertaintmant, story, and action. If this ever gets picked up to be a movie it'll translate very well. At 6.99 the price was a little steep, I'd of preffered if it were 4.99 but it's still better than all of the 99 cent crap I downloaded from pubit. My only complaint about Immortal Champions has to be the fact that I felt it could have had a more supernatural feel. I feel as if the characters were capable of doing alot more but were muzzeld. The Cover has a very comic book look to it but the Characters didn't do anywhere near as many super human feats as I expected. I understand you have to save some things for sequels, but It was a little to conservative with the fantasy aspect. Hopefully in the next book you guys will let Azarius, Daius, Julian and Ashton let loose, Cause this book hinted that they were very very powerful, I'm hoping that the next one shows it! But aside from that everything else was great. Good humor. Lovable characters and a great ending that leaves you wanting more. Keep em coming and I'll keep bying them.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    An Excellent Start.

    I saw this on the BN facebook page this weekend and just finished it this morning. And let me just say that I don't know what book "readandwrite" read but it clearly wasn't this one. Immortal Champions was a breath of fresh air in the overpopulated vampire twilight, sooki stackhouse paranormal genre. The characters were apealing and the story moved at a very fast pace. The only negative thing that I can say about it is that it really didn't have a target audience, which may not be a bad thing cause It could appeal to a wide audience. It has action, romance, and suspence. The diaologue can be a bit cheezy at times but it adds to its charm. What people need to remember is that books on pubit are from up and coming aurthors. They do not have big publishing houses and professional editors behind them. I worked in the industry for over 15 years. I've read twilight and the lost hero before they were edited over and over and this book has a much better base than those to did. With the right company behind them Immortal champions can go far. It has alot of potential. I applaud the authors valiant effort and eagerly await the next one.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Already missing Slate City.

    I had a very boring weekened so I downloaded a couple of pubit books onto my Iphone, The cover of this book was so amazing that I just had to read it first, and I'm happy I did!!! I enjoyed it so much. I'm normally not a into these types of books but I found the characters very appealing. Ashton and Julian especially. Ashton's character was so complex that he just drew me in and didn't let me go. Julian's characters had me heartbroken for him throughout the entire read and everyone else had there moments as well. Lance's character was kind of wonky though, He was described as being a the golden child but I really didn't get that in this book. Something to consider for the next I guess. My only realy really really big complaint was Erica. She was soooooooo annnoooooyyyyinnngg. The way she spoke, her cheesy dream scene, her whole personality just made me sick. I want to give this book a 5 but thanks to her I can only bring myself to giving it a four. Maybe in the next one the authors will kill her off and bring kendra to lead or alter her drastically cause she needs it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    Pleasantly Suprised

    I saw the cover of this book and immediatly thought, Vampires! So jumped all over it. Only to find that there were no vampires in it at all. However I did find myself very intrigued by the showman character. Julian Edwards was astounding and hands down the stand out character in this novel. Ashton was very likeable as well as he is easy to relate to. Varga and Azarius were also a joy, Erica was a little nausiating from time to time and Kendra is way more appealing. She should of been the female lead. With that said I truley enjoyed this beginnging and look foward to seeing what is next in store for my new found friends in Slate City.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    Great start!

    Ms. Hopkins and Mr. Salfali put forth a great effort in the first installment of the "Immortal Champions" series. Juggling a diverse cast of characters with a multi-layered plot and intense action scenes is no easy feat, but they manage to pull it off with style. The climactic battle is particularly well-done, and without giving too much away, any fan of swordplay is sure to come away pleased.

    As the numeral suggests, this is the first book in a series, and the book ends with a nice balance of cliffhanger and resolution, leaving the reader eager for the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Loved it!

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    This book was a lot of fun. And though Mr. Salfali is far from a

    This book was a lot of fun. And though Mr. Salfali is far from a George R. R. Martin and Immortal Champions is not as polished as a Game of thrones or Harry Potter but it's still very entertaining and perfect for when you want to take a break from the complex stuff and just have good, simple, and fun read. Highly recommended.

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    Posted January 10, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    This book was a lot of fun. It read like a movie. It was serious

    This book was a lot of fun. It read like a movie. It was serious without taking itself seriously if that makes sense. The main character Ashton is totally relatable and very likable. The supporting characters are good to but don't come off as strong, except for the books villain Varga. But all in all I loved it. Great pace, great action, great humor, and not to heavy on the romance. More books should be like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    I don't care for this book

    I should have gotten a sample of this book before buying. It seems like it was written by a middle school student. Very bad.
    I have not finished reading it.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    I see where this is going and I like it.

    This book was great. Truth be told I enjoyed Masks and Daggers a little more. Sleight of hand was a little crowded with a couple of unnecessary characters *cough cough, Katrina, cough, cough Ashton's one sentence co-workers and classmates" but besides that, this book knocked it out of the park. Great paceing, charismatic dialogue, kick ass action sequence and an exhilaratingly epic fight at the end, topped off with a great cliff hanger. Oh yeah. I know this was a build up origin book, But I can't wait until things really hit the fan in the next one! and if it recaptures that Masks and Daggers magic and blends it together with Ashton Salveya, It's gonna be an instant classic!

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Amazing

    I loved it. Can't wait to read the next the one.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    I enjoyed this alot.

    I just finished this yesterday, and it was great. A little slow at times, but towards the end it picks up steam and keeps on going. I liked Mask's and Daggers a little bit more, cause the characters were more elaborate and exciting, but I fell in love with Ashton in this book. I was also a little taken aback by what hasppend to Julian, but this book just adds to the beauty of his tragic life. With that said, I'm officially hooked and can't wait to see what happens to those two characters next.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    What a clever Sleight of hand!

    I loved it! The characters were great! the story was great! It moved at a good pace! and everything came together perfectly at the end!

    Pros:
    Ashton Salveya. I loved him. Julian was a very interesting character as well, he's the one that pulls you in emotionaly and Varga was the most entertaining to me. Father Paul, and Razir were great supporting characters and I liked Erica and Kendra too. The plot gets an A++++. Kudos to the creators! This probably took a long time to plan cause it has so many layers and it builds a world with a whole lot to explore in the sequels.

    Cons:

    Gary, Katrina, and Lance. Gary was overly done up as a cop, like he didn't read like a person, he read like an over the top last action hero type jerk. Katrina served no purpose to the story or entertainment value and I feel like she could have been negated and the book would of read smoother, the scenes with her and Paul and her and Varga were a waste megabytes on my nook, and Lance was so damned inconsistant. He's this amazing guy you hear about at the start of the book and by the end he comes off as a glorified mall cop. The dialogue also felt very robotic and uninspired. But the plot and characters more than compensate for it.

    Overall though this book was great! Like I said before, I loved it and I am definetly going to be back for the next one!

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    This series has alot of potential.

    I saw that a friend of mine liked this on Facebook, so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. As I read it I had a rollercoaster of emotions about it. It starts out with a bang, but then kinda fizzles along the way and at the halfway point regains its momentum to it's climatic ending. Which could have been a bit more climatic but it works. All in all this was a great book. My only few complaints are the stupid unecessary teen drama momonets, basically everyting involving Erica, especially when she's with Maria, which did not progress the story, just acted as filler, and the god awful bland generic dialogue. The dialogue in this book was bad, like sometimes laughably twilight bad. But I addtribute this to the fact that this book had two aurthors and after reading it you can definetly tell. Cause when you get to plot you'll notice that it was built to be this big epic story but it gets kinda muddled by all the downplaying of powers and adventure and having a whole "We can only influence" thing which was a huge buzz kill. I feel like the scope of the story was downplayed to fit the tamer lighter reading stephe meyers crowd when it could have defiently been done for the tolken or rawlings crowd.. Thank god for Julian Edwards though! He was alot of fun, aside from Ashton and Azarius I'd have to say Julian was the saving grace of this book. I'm looking foward to see where the next one goes, depending on how it's handled will decide if I'm a lifer or a casual reader to the Immortal Champions Saga.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    A good fun light read.

    First let me just say that the plot of this story was very origional. It was entertaining and deep but not overly critical of itself. I enjoyed the characters, the pace, the style of writing and I applaud the authors effort. That being said there were a few minor things that had me scratching my head, such as why it took so long for the main character and villian to finally interact as well as the lack of showcasing the characters foretold abilites, and the unwavering campiness of Erica, Gary, and Varga, but I found Ashton, Julian, Azarius, Daius, Razir and Lance's first half of the book so enjoyable that it more than made up for it. I will be back for the next.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    A noble effort.

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The opening chapter was fantastic! After that it got a little slow but it picked up steam and kept increasing the drama till the climactic ending. All in all a good read that ends with a pretty good cliff hanger.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    Not good

    Unfortunately i read all the reviews & was looking forward to reading this one. I dont even know if i can finish it. It's really not good. I keep waiting for it to get better, but it's just not happening. :(

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Entertaining

    I saw this featured on the Facebook page and decided to give it a look. For two new Authors it was a great attempt. I'm happy to see that pubit has a real book on it to go along with all of the 99 cent recycled old stuff and soft core sex books. Good read. Highley recommended!

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